After a stellar 4-0 pre-season win, Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media for one of the first times since the end of the last campaign. Despite having just played a match against Tranmere Rovers, most of the post-match questions revolved around the Reds’ transfer activity.
Liverpool have been one of the quietest top seven sides in the window, having only brought in Mohamed Salah from Serie A outfit Roma and Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke.
Since then, the Reds have pursued Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. However, the Merseyside club were forced to end their interest and apologise to the Saints. On the club’s official website, Liverpool expressed their ‘regret’ over the ‘misunderstanding’ during their attempts to sign the Dutch centre-back.
Adding further insult to injury is Everton’s transfer dealings. Liverpool’s city rivals are free spending this summer and have made some fine acquisitions. The Toffees, who sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, have brought in Ajax’s Davy Klaassen, former Blue Wayne Rooney and Burnley’s Michael Keane, among others.
Despite this, and having only signed two players, while being somewhat embarrassed during their earlier Van Dijk pursuit, their German manager remains calm:
Klopp, as reported by ESPN, said: “If any fans of us think what the other teams are doing and why we don’t do anything, then I can’t help. We cannot buy players only because other teams buy players. We do business as good as we can do it.”
The former Borussia Dortmund coach continued: “We are completely in it and we are convinced about the way we are doing it. Nervous fans, I don’t have to write a message for this.”We have [until] the 31st of August. If we make transfers, it’s because we want to do it. If not, then it’s because we don’t want to do it. That’s how it is and we have to wait a little bit.”
Clearly, Liverpool’s manager is trying to remove some of the fans anxiety, but should they believe him?
In short, yes. The Reds’ boss has done a fantastic job since taking over the reigns at Liverpool, guiding them to a Champions League spot in his first full season with the club.
Last summer, Klopp didn’t spend massive amounts, but he brought in players that made a difference. He’s mirrored that way of thinking this summer, as Salah looks like a game changing acquisition.
Add a couple more quality players and the Reds will be set for next season in the Premier League. The difficulty arises when the Champions League games come around, as the clubl may need add a few more numbers to their squad.
However, Klopp is developing youngsters, with a few looking like they may break through this year, and his signing of Solanke suggests he realises he may need some squad players to fill in over the course of the campaign.
While they aren’t busy now, Klopp is in control. Come the end of August, the Reds will be ready for the campaign that lies ahead.
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